Five Minutes with the Word: Lent 2012

| February 23, 2012 | Comments (2)

Last evening I attended a lovely Ash Wednesday mass celebrated by a brand-new priest from Brazil, whose gentle mannerisms, warm personality and radiant smile added a welcome new dimension to the traditional Catholic ritual. My dad, who has been a member of the choir for several years also participated in last night’s services, which included some lovely new songs I’d never heard before. And it felt good to be “home” again.

Anyway after receiving the ashes with the admonition, “Repent and believe in the Gospels”, we headed to the chapel to pick up a copy of Five Minutes with the Word: Lent 2012, a daily devotional similar to the Daily Word featuring a unique Biblical quote each day followed by a modern-day interpretation to apply to our individual lives.

For the next 40 days, I will reflect upon each entry here, beginning with yesterday’s Ash Wednesday¬†words of wisdom:

A meditation based on Joel 2:12-18

Let the bridegroom quite his room and the bride her chamber. (Joel 2:16)

This is quite an astonishing image for the beginning of Lent! What could be so important? Why would Joel call newlyweds to leave their honeymoon suites and rush to the Temple for prayer? It seems that a plague of locusts was decimating the crops and bringing Israel to the brink of a national disaster. So in the face of such calamity, Joel called everyone to join the priests in prayers of repentance and intercession.

Joel linked the locust plague to the people’s spiritual state. He saw that many had stopped following the Lord and were adopting the ways of the world. The locusts were not just a national disaster; God was using them to wake his people up. And it worked: The people gathered in prayer and repentance. And in response, God restored them and gave them a bounteous harvest.

This Ash Wednesday, God is issuing a serious call to all of us. Will we allow him to search us and show us the areas in our lives that need to be cleansed? Will we gather in prayer and turn our hearts to the Lord more fully? Sin is a serious threat. Like a locust, it has the potential to destroy so much we hold dear.

But there is hope! Just as he did for the people in Joel’s time, God stands ready this Lent to forgive us and restore us. As St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading, now is the time of salvation! Today, this very season, is a time of grace.

So heed Joel’s call! Join your brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting this Lent. Make this season a special time of prayer and devotion to the Lord. We can see measurable changes in our lives over the next six weeks if we come together and pray.

Pray: “Jesus, I want to be made whole this Lent. Thank you for this season of healing, restoration, and hope. Come, Lord, and restore me from the inside out.”

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About Daria: Daria DiGiovanni is an accomplished writer, author, blogger, internet radio host and social media professional. She released her first novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in 2008 and is currently at work on a sequel, Sea To Shining Sea. In addition to her blog, she contributes content to a variety of sites, ghostwrites books, provides training on social media platforms, manages social media accounts for individuals and businesses and hosts various internet radio programs, including Writestream Tuesday, and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss. Daria launched the Writestream Radio Network in March of 2013. Rejoicing in the flow of creativity, the network features hosts Lisa Tarves (Just Believe and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss), John D. Gresham (Military Monday), Dr. Billie Eizenberg and Attorney Sheena Benjamin-Wise (Family Power Hour), and Kristyn Fetterman (Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss). In November of 2013 she released Reflections on the Ring, a book she authored for Lori Colombo-Dunham and looks forward to the release of Steps To Salvation, a book she's currently writing for client Shlomo Attia. View author profile.

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  1. [...] diet together on February 20 — two days ahead of Ash Wednesday and the official start of Lent. Although it looks suspicious, the timing actually had more to do with things finally settling down [...]

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